When comparing Markdown vs DokuWiki, the Slant community recommends Markdown for most people. In the question“What are the best markup languages?” Markdown is ranked 1st while DokuWiki is ranked 7th.
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Pro Widely used
Designed to be easy for a human to enter with a simple text editor, and easy to read in its raw form.
You can convert HTML to Markdown or Markdown to HTML. You can use tools like pandoc to convert to other formats as well.
Pro Easy to set up and mantain
To install you need a webserver running PHP 5.2 or later where you unpack the downloaded archive and navigate to install.php in your browser, fill out the necessary information required for the one-page installer and you are done.
Pro Free and open source
Licensed under GPL2.
Pro Plain-text file storage
Dokuwiki does not require a database, it stores everything in plain-text.
Pro Version control
Dokuwik offers unlimited page revisions.
Pro Good selection of plugins
DokuWiki offers over a thousand plugins to extend its functionality.
Pro Access control
DokuWiki has built-in ACL support.
Pro Runs on any PHP server
It requires a webserver running PHP 5.2 or later of any kind.
Pro Search functionality
DokuWiki allows searching through pages.
Pro A dedicated page for recent changes
A dedicated page to quickly note what has changed recently can be set up.
Pro Good selection of themes
DokuWiki offers over a hundred templates to change the visual appearance of the site.
Con Lacks a coherent standard
Lacks a coherent standard, just many semi-compatible dialects (MultiMarkdown, etc)
Con Lots of plugins to manage
DokuWiki is highly modular. Even thing like WYSIWYG editors and categories have to be added separately as plugins. This can quickly lead to managing lots of plugins.